For many of us, they are just our parents, grandparents, and in some cases, our great-grandparents. They are humble, hard-working folk who wholly dedicated themselves to providing a life of liberty and freedom for their children. But fifty-three years ago today, more than 1,500 Cuban exiles from that generation embarked on a mission to free their homeland from tyranny. As they stormed that beach in Cuba on April 17th, 1961 to battle the evil forces of the communist Castro dictatorship, they had no idea they were about to become victims of one of the most heinous and insidious betrayals in modern history.
The promised air support from the U.S. military, which was part of the military plan and vitally necessary for the beach invasion to be successful never arrived. In a moment of monumental cowardice, President John F. Kennedy called back the American support forces at the last moment, leaving those brave and courageous men to fend for themselves. Severely outnumbered and with no one to resupply them, they did not stand a chance. Nevertheless, even when they realized they had been abandoned and left to die, they continued to fight until they spent every last bullet they had.
It took the vastly larger and better equipped forces of the Castro regime three days to conquer those brave soldiers of the Brigada 2506. A testament to not only their valor, but to their place as Cuba’s Greatest Generation.
A tribute from our friends at Electric Piquete
This track was inspired by the 2506 Brigade, the Bay of Pigs invasion and bass player Michael Mut and trumpet player Rich Dixon’s grandfathers’ role in it as CIA-trained combatants. The recording features a couple of notable guest musicians: Suenalo’s Chad Bernstein on conch and trombone and Tony “Smurphio” Laurencio from Afrobeta and ex-Suenalo and was produced, engineered and mixed by DJ Le Spam.